Lyle W. Johnson

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Lyle Wallace Johnson passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 27, 2022, with his daughter by his side under the care of Sanford Hospice House, Fargo.

Lyle Johnson was born to Clifford and Marie (Gulland) Johnson on August 23, 1936 near Leonard, North Dakota. He graduated from Leonard High School in 1954. During that time, he helped on the farm and enjoyed playing basketball. He was united in marriage to Betty Lee of Kindred in 1958. They made their home in Kindred and welcomed two daughters. In addition to his family, Lyle dedicated his life to the Burlington Northern Railroad where he worked 35 years before retirement. Missing the socialization the job world offered, Lyle went back to work as a car salesman for Gateway and Corwin. He sold cars for 17 years between both dealerships and was a natural salesman due to his charismatic personality and ability to have fun with the job.

Lyle enjoyed nature and spending time outdoors. He prided himself on his yard, home, garden and spent many hours meticulously maintaining it. His love extended to his pets as well, caring for many beloved dogs and cats throughout his life. Lyle also loved to play cards and was known to be a bit of a card shark. He enjoyed dancing to waltzes, polkas, and two steps. Above all,

Lyle loved his family more than anything, especially his two granddaughters.

Following Betty’s passing, Lyle moved to Cooperative Living Center in West Fargo, ND. Despite the move, Lyle never lost his zest for life, keeping up with old friends and making many new ones. Standing true to his life’s motto: “one day at a time.” Lyle always looked at each day as a beautiful day regardless of if the sun was shining.

Lyle is survived by his daughter, Heather (Marcus) Aikin, Bloomington, MN with granddaughters Brynja and Ivy; brothers, Jerroll and Rollin (Jeanne); sister, Carol (Harlan); his special friend, Elsie; brothers-in-law, Roger and Erick Jr.; sisters-in-law, Barb and Sylvia; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Lyle was preceded in death by his spouse, Betty; parents, Clifford and Marie; daughter, Pamela Jo; brothers, Leon and Allen; in-laws, Erick and Lorraine Lee; sisters-in-law, Virginia, Janet, Vivian, and Eunice; brother-in-law, Lorell Lee; nephew, Mike Carey; and niece, Teresa Lee.

Memorials are preferred to the Great Plains Food Bank or hospice organization in Lyle’s name.

Lyle’s family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers of Sanford Hospice for the amazing and compassionate care they provided Lyle. The family would also like to thank Duane with Care-A-Van transport service for making life more convenient.


Visitation - Monday: October 3, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred ND
5345 165 Ave SE.
Kindred ND,

Prayer Service - Monday: October 3, 2022 7:00 pm

Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred ND
5345 165 Ave SE.
Kindred ND,

Visitation - Tuesday: October 4, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

First Lutheran Church, Fargo
619 Broadway N
Fargo, ND 58102

Funeral: October 4, 2022 11:00 am

First Lutheran Church, Fargo
619 Broadway N
Fargo, ND 58102


Perhus Cemetery, rural Kindred, ND
Cty Hwy 46, rural Kindred
North Dakota, ND 58051

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  1. Heather,
    We am so very sorry for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with your and your family. He was a great guy and will be missed by all.
    Brad and Jennifer Lee

  2. I was vary sorry to hear of uncle Lyle’s passing. Lyle was a fun and caring person and he was a joy to be around. We will miss you uncle Lyle.

  3. May our loving Father wrap His arms around all those that knew and loved cousin Lyle. I so loved seeing you last year at mother’s memorial and again at the cousins reunion. Since I was a little girl I saw you as very kind person. May you Rest In Peace .

  4. Sorry to hear about Lyle. You know he and your Mom were my brother Kurt’s godparents. Your mom was the oldest Olson grandchild and Kurt was one of the youngest. Saw and had a chance to visit with Lyle at Kurt’s funeral which was Dec 8th of 2018. Praying you and your family will find comfort in knowing your dad is reunited with your mom and sister.

  5. Uncle Lyle has always been a constant figure in the family. I looked forward to seeing him during visits to ND. I admire how he enjoyed his life and how he was such an example for all of us to follow. My heart goes out to Heather and her family.

  6. I worked for the Railroad Retirement Board and remember Lyle stopping by the office yearly to report his work earnings from the car dealership. He was the nicest person to work with!

  7. Lyle was a fun man to talk with. It is very difficult during this time with the loss of him. I enjoyed how he came to my volleyball games in high school. Although, I am sure Betty is happy to be with him again too. I know the siblings, such as my grandpa Rollin, are dealing with the hardships during this. Prayers for all of us with the remembrance of Lyle.

  8. My family first met Lyle while his wife and our Mother were residents of Rosewood on Broadway. Not much later, we were able to reconnect at the Saturday burger gathering at the Elks. Afterwards we enjoyed seeing and visiting with Lyle and Elsie while we participated in evenings with Julie Lee and her White Rose band at the Elks. Lyle was very kind, caring, and a true gentleman. Sending comforting prayers to Lyle’s family and Elsie. Hold tight to all of the loving memories he has given to all of you.

  9. Heather and family,

    Im so sorry I could not be there today to support you in your time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Heather! Sending you all a big virtual hug!

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